Like so many, I enjoyed the movie “The King and I” starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. I was fascinated by the gorgeous setting, the beautiful ball gowns and the story of the King who wanted to bring his people into the modern age.
Later, in high school one of my best friends was a foreign exchange student from Siam, as it was then called, Somchai Samatadol. We had great times that year teaching each other about our countries. I vowed that one day I would visit.
As often happens we lost touch. But I never lost that desire to visit Thailand. I finally had the opportunity to travel there with my international Feng Shui group for our annual meeting hosted by my study sister in Bangkok.
We spent time in conference discussing projects past, present and future. But we also had the pleasure of working in the field and traveling to various geological, spiritual, historical and business sites. There was of course time for fun, walking on the beach, shopping and the amazing, 2 hour, full body, Thai massage for about $6.
The food was delicious in both fancy restaurants and roadside eateries. Roasted fish, Peking duck, dragon fruit, durian ice cream and even bugs were on the menu. The people lived up to their slogan “Land of Smiles”. We saw wild monkeys, elephants and lots of roadside dogs. There were orchids everywhere. So many in fact that I didn’t even think to photograph them. We took the canal boats into downtown Bangkok, careened around corners in a tuk-tuk, experienced taffic jams in pink taxis and walked, walked, walked. We walked in the footsteps of Yul Brynner’s King of Siam.
Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun and so did this American. The sun was intense and humidity high. But it didn’t matter, there was so much to see and do. I vow to return to Thailand. And this time it won’t take so many years.
all rights reserved Diane Kern 2010